Gov. DeSantis awards money to North Florida counties for infrastructure projects, economic development

DeSantis announces $400M for projects to prevent flooding

MADISON, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Monday morning in Madison, Florida, to announce money awarded to the county to improve sewer infrastructure.

“We are awarding $300,000 right here to Madison County to engineer and design water and sewer infrastructure extension creating future opportunities for business growth in the town of Greenville,” the governor said.

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The governor was joined by Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle at Grumpy’s Diner on Main.

DeSantis also announced money for economic development in Putnam and Suwanee counties.

“We also have $340,000 to the city of Palatka in Putnam County to expand lift station and extend services to a business park, also creating for future opportunities for business growth. And through the Community Development Block Grant Program, we’re awarding $5 million to Suwanee County for a new multi-use building and $5 million to the city of Palatka to widen paths and sidewalks in and around the downtown commercial area. So these are going to be impactful projects,” he said.

DeSantis also touted the state’s economic growth as well as its record tourism in 2021.

“We’ve got a lot of good stuff going on,” he said. “2021 was the record in Florida’s history for domestic tourism in terms of people coming to Florida.”

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.